WAE and Italdesign join forces for the EV solution
Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has partnered with Italdesign, with the goal of bringing a high performance EV solution to the high end automotive market.
Bringing ten years of electrification work, with specialist knowledge of high performance lightweight batteries and experience as a battery supplier for Formula E, ETCR and Extreme-E racing series ”, WAE, based in Oxfordshire, forms the basis of the partnership with its new rolling chassis. .
Building on a previous version of its EVX platform, the latest version promises to deliver “ world-class chassis weight and stiffness ” which, combined with Italdesign’s turnkey vehicle development capabilities , aim to support the rapid industrialization of a new generation of high-end electric sports. GTs, crossovers and sedans.
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One of the main differentiators of the WAE names as the EVX’s unique selling point is its compression molded composite structural battery. This is said to add significant rigidity to the platform, provide additional support with collision loads, and allow for increased flexibility and design freedom.
Performance figures revealed include the ability to deliver 1,000 kWh of power with 104 kWh to 120 kWh of energy, with potential battery expansion up to 160 kWh for a potential range of 1,000 km between charges.
Italdesign will build on the WAE rolling chassis, providing a complete vehicle architecture with additional systems, structures and safety devices according to customer requirements.
“When customers come to us, especially in this case with the competence of our colleagues at WAE, together we can guarantee specific performance – of driving but also of passive safety measures,” said Jörg Astalosch, CEO of Italdesign, during a virtual press event conference. “These are characteristics that we can give to the car depending on what the customer is looking for and when they want to achieve their goal of being in the market.”
The partnership will allow a reduced time to market and an affordable price for low to medium volumes, the two companies said, with production capacities of up to 10,000 units per year, of which 500 can be manufactured by Italdesign in its facilities in Turin, Italy.
Boasting a lightweight structure and various customization options, the EVX will allow customers to choose both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. Combining recycled composite materials with aluminum, the EVX can be broken down and recycled at the end of its life, with ease of disassembly being a key design goal, WAE confirmed.
“The approach we have taken is that the platform can be flexible, so if necessary, and an organization wishing to use existing engine transmission systems from its own range, it could introduce them to the platform,” said Dyrr Ardash, Automotive Business Development Manager at WAE. “We can tailor things to the brand characteristics of each client – from a performance standpoint, there is a degree of flexibility that will suit the majority of clients that we think are there.”